#AceFoodNews – NEW YORK CITY – June 05 – New York City took its fight to limit the size of sodas and other sweet drinks blamed by some for obesity back to an appeals court, AFP said.
They say the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene overstepped its authority on the measure.
Just hours before the regulation was to take effect in March 2013, a judge ordered it blocked, calling it “capricious and arbitrary.”
Many drinks that are high in calories are not included, and the ban does not cover supermarkets or other food stores.
Then in July 2013, a local appeals court upheld that ruling.
But new Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would try to appeal once more.
Lawyers working on the case stressed that these were drinks with “empty calories.” A decision is expected from the court within one to three months.
In New York City, 58 percent of the population is either obese or overweight.
Over the last couple of months I’ve been looking at regional food chains, focusing in on one link at a time (here’s the whole series). My purpose here has not been to make an argument about the value of local food. (That’sbeendone.) Instead, I started with the assumption that fostering regional food systems was worthwhile, and tried to take the next step by asking, how do we scale this up?
There are lots of great examples scattered around the U.S.: community-supported agriculture, urban gardens, green-belt farms, locally sourced school cafeterias. How would we make these exceptional successes the norm?
I’ve been especially interested in people who have managed to make money. Where there are profits, there is a real possibility of expansion.
To conclude this series, I tried to refine the most relevant questions to bullet points. Along the way, I realized I was…
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As I write this, I’m eating chocolate ice cream. Or, to be totally accurate, I’m scraping the bottom of this mug for the last drippings. Update: I have just crammed my muzzle inside the mug in an ardent, but ultimately futile, attempt to lick the bottom. I am well qualified to answer any question regarding chocolate.
Last week a paper came out suggesting that the resveratrol in red wine and chocolate, contrary to conventional wisdom, does nothing to make people healthier. The scientists spent nine years watching a group of 783 seniors in the Chianti region of Italy. They looked for traces of resveratrol (and the compounds you get from breaking it down) in the urine of these Italian seniors, and basically waited for nine years to see who died.
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